Emergency Management


To maximize survival of Delhi Charter township residents, mitigate, prevent and/or minimize injuries, and preserve property and resources in Delhi Charter Township by making use of all available staffing, equipment, and other resources in the event of natural or man-made disasters.

About Emergency Management

Emergency Management is a comprehensive system of policies, practices, and procedures designed to protect people and property from the effects of emergencies or disasters. It includes programs, resources, and the phases of Emergency Management - Prevention, Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation from effects of all hazards.

As with all communities in Michigan, Delhi Charter Township is subject to natural, technical and human-related hazards. These hazards have the potential to threaten life, health, and safety, as well as impact the quality of life, property, environment and infrastructure.


The Delhi Charter Township, Office of Emergency Management was established in March of 2016. The Emergency Management Coordinator holds the designation as a Professional Emergency Manager from the State of Michigan and serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator for Delhi Charter Township. The Office of Emergency Management is under Delhi Charter Township, Fire Department.

Under Public Act 390, the State of Michigan has established a plan for local governments to operate with authority to act during emergencies and disasters. Delhi Charter Township has a very robust and comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan approved by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, which addresses all hazards: natural, man-made, technological, hazardous materials incidents, and emergencies involving Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Local Response

It is a common axiom of emergency management and response that every incident begins and ends locally. The Chief Executive Officer/Elected Official (CEO) and Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) are the core of a local Unified Command and operates out of an Emergency Operations Center. This may include:

  • American Red Cross
  • Damage assessment
  • Emergency medical services
  • Fire
  • Human resources
  • Police
  • Public health
  • Public works
  • School superintendent
  • And others

This all depends on the emergency. Emergency Operations Center and is in close contact with the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, and monitors, controls and mitigates every aspect of the emergency.

The public is alerted through social media, radio, television stations, and other notification systems. During severe weather notification via the public warning sirens located throughout the Township.